Joburg's original independent cinema, The Bioscope is devoted to bringing the latest in arthouse, indie, documentary and African films to the South African big screen. Regular events include the French film night Le Movie Club, the Spanish language Noche Espanola, Sing-along cinema and the Kung Fu Noodle Box cinema night.
In 2020 The Bioscope marks its tenth birthday with a move away from Maboneng to a brand new location in one of the courtyards at 44 Stanley, a delightful boutique shopping complex in Milpark near Melville. The new Bioscope cinema at 44 Stanley officially opened to the public on July 30, 2020
The move to new premises is envisaged as an opportunity to be able to better manage more events, such as private screenings, birthday parties, conferences, and other small-scale events requiring an AV theatre.
There's also a more expanded Bioscope gift shop where you can buy movie-related memorabilia such as books and posters as well as the first physical Limited Edish store selling cool T-shirts (many of them movie inspired) designed by talented illustrator and The Bioscope's founder Russell Grant.
Covid-19 cinema safety regulations
The new Bioscope location is set to be a 47 seater cinema. However, to ensure social distancing only 23 tickets will be sold for each sitting to ensure there is ample space. Cinema-goers are asked to keep their mask on throughout the film (you may of course lower your mask carefully to enjoy your drink and popcorn). There will be temperature screening at the entrance and an air filtering system has been installed to ensure the premises is adequately and frequently ventilated with fresh air. If you feel in any way ill with Covid symptoms or come into contact with anyone who has tested positive, please do not endanger others by coming to the cinema, it simply is not worth the risk to the health and business of anybody that you might come in contact with.